In the Nothing Else Matters tab by Metallica on Songsterr.com, found here, I came across some notation that I haven't seen before:

What does Harm. mean in the picture above?

  • Surely this has cropped up before?
    – Tim
    Jan 13, 2019 at 21:36
  • @Tim Everyone starts somewhere. I made similar mistakes my first few times reading tablature.
    – user45266
    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:59
  • @user45266 - fully appreciate that. Dupes don't have a lot of point here.
    – Tim
    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:45
  • @Tim Oops. I first thought you meant "Surely OP would have run into this problem before", but you meant "this question is likely a duplicate", right? My bad.
    – user45266
    Jan 14, 2019 at 7:52
  • I did search for this problem before asking it, but I couldn't find anything like it Jan 14, 2019 at 18:20

1 Answer 1


Harm. Just means to play the harmonics at that fret. The diamond is also the same instruction of playing harmonics at the 12th fret.

The 12 feet has very strong harmonics that are the same note as the string played on, just at higher octaves. Harmonics in general also have a very distinct tone.


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